Mandy Alvarez was selected by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft with the 518th overall pick out of Eastern Kentucky University.
Mandy played collegiate ball at three different schools, including Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, and Eastern Kentucky University. In 2013 Mandy played 22 games with the FIU Panthers, slashing to a .270/.357/.405 line with a .762 OPS. In 2014 he appeared in 45 games for the Miami-Dade Sharks and scorched to a .373/.417/.565 slash line with a .889 OPS, 26 RBIs, and 13 extra-base hits. From 2015-16, the 6’0″ third basemen averaged .364 with 25 home runs, 105 RBIs, and 55 extra-base hits across two seasons with Eastern Kentucky University.
After signing his entry-level deal with the Yankees, the Miami, Florida native reported to Staten Island to begin his pro career. In 66 plate appearances with the ‘Baby Bombers,’ Alvarez slashed to an impressive .339/.364/.407 line with a .770 OPS, four doubles, and 11 RBIs.
His impressive performance in rookie-ball earned him a call up to the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs in less than one month. After making his RiverDogs debut on July 5th, 2017, Alvarez would go on to average .274 with five home runs, 29 RBI, and 17 extra-base hits in 218 plate appearances.
The most impressive highlight of his young minor league career occurred on July 9th, 2017 with Charleston, when he went 5-for-8 with 7 RBIs, including the first home run of his professional career during a day-night doubleheader sweep Asheville Tourists.
Before being drafted by the Yankees, Alvarez was ranked 483rd overall and the 18th best prospect in the state of Kentucky by Baseball America. After one season in the minors, Alvarez has shown average power and is a relatively decent base runner. He’s spent most of his time at third base, but he possesses’ an average arm and a decent glove. His best attribute is his patience at the plate, as he has a knack for creating tough at-bats and forcing opposing pitchers deep into pitch counts during his at-bats.
The Yankees were aggressive in promoting seventeenth round pick Mandy Alvarez to Single-A Charleston after just one month in rookie ball, and the 22-year old responded relatively well. In 2017, Alvarez will look to continue his production as he makes his rise through the Yankees pipeline. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Alvarez starts back in Charleston, or if the Yankees decide to challenge him right out of spring training and send him to Class-A Advanced Tampa to start the season.